Head and neck cancer

Emily Crozier, Baran D. Sumer

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Abstract

Early detection of upper aerodigestive tract cancer improves prognosis. The primary care physician plays an important role in early detection of these cancers. Most upper aerodigestive tract cancers are squamous cell carcinomas that are linked to tobacco, alcohol, or human papillomavirus exposure. These cancers produce nonspecific symptoms; thus, any persistent oral cavity lesion or neck mass or other unexplainable ear, nose, and throat symptoms should prompt an evaluation for malignancy. Although overall survival has not improved, nonsurgical treatment approaches have led to higher rates of organ preservation and rehabilitation after treatment has improved the quality of life of survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1046
Number of pages16
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume94
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • Chemotherapy
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical excision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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